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NEW WESTMINSTER, BC – AUGUST 10,11,12TH 2018: The Van Dop Gallery presents the New West Seven for the annual New Westminster Cultural Crawl. The crawl is an event happening in neighbourhoods throughout the city over the duration of the weekend. The New West 7 is a group of artists curated by Trudy Van Dop, owner of the Van Dop Gallery. The group, taking its name from the original Group of Seven, is a collection of local artists with international acclaim featured annually at the Van Dop Gallery.
Gabor Gasztonyi is known for his intimate portraits and unique perspective. In 2010, Gasztonyi received critical acclaim with the publication of the photography book “A Room in the City” featuring captivating portraits of residents of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
Jerry McLaughlin is a local painter whose career in visual arts has spanned more than two decades. McLaughlin’s work has been internationally exhibited with pieces in collections in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, England and Germany.
Leslie Poole is a New Westminster local and one of Canada’s most celebrated and exhibited artists with over one hundred solo exhibitions in Canada and the US during his career that spans over four decades. Poole’s work is known for his quirky, self-reflective subject matter and a whimsicle, painterly style reminiscent of Mattise.
Lanta Meng is a local painter who shares her home studio with her photographer husband and fellow New West 7 artist Rodrigo Sarrat-Cave. Growing up in Taiwan, Meng received an education in traditional oriental art while her contemporary art training took place at Emily Carr in Vancouver upon arriving in British Columbia. Meng’s flowing Carr-esque landscapes are imbued with a sense of memory informed by her rich cultural identity.
Rodrigo Sarrat-Cave, fellow artist and husband of Lanta Meng, began his photographic career in the darkroom of the Photographic Society at the University of
British Columbia. The analog chemical process provided ample opportunities for experimentation, as well as cementing the foundations of photography. The shift from analog to digital image-making inspired Sarrat-Cave to begin exploring the idea of fragmenting the real world with the camera and reconstructing it with digital tools.
Jim Walsh, painting under the alias J. Charles, is a local photographer, painter and teacher a vibrant artist whose career began while he was living in New York. Striking pallets of crimson, magenta and cerulean transform trees, flowers and landscapes. Walsh is a New West resident, the designer of the New West 7 logo and his work has been exhibited across Canada and the US.
JG Freedman, or as his friends call him, Greg, is an internationally juried artist with an extensive exhibition history. Unconventional angles and meticulous detail create surreal perspectives in pieces ranging from magnified segments of buildings to wide planes featuring a single tree. Freedman’s work can be found in collections throughout North America.